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Drop the Fatitude and Get a Winning Attitude!

Change Your Thoughts to Win the Weight-Loss Game


  • Wow! All or nothing! Not long ago, that was me. I had to be perfect or not even try. That perfectionism sent me soaring to 265 pounds and diabetic. Now, I have to take it one bite at a time, one movement at a time, depending on what my glucose meter says. If my sugar is high, I have to exercise. If it's low, I have to eat. And I don't dare over- or under-do either of those. Sound like more perfectionism? Nope. Perfectionism is paralyzing. I know what to do to counter any bad decision or mistake that I make, so that mistake doesn't leave me spiraling off into the cake and ice cream for dinner zone. - 7/14/2009 7:08:59 PM
  • I liked the part about perfectionism and instant gratification. I often push myself to exercise much harder than usual in order to work off the extra calories I "couldn't help" but consume. It's a symptom of my excessive nature, and something I'm working hard to moderate, because I can't keep up those mega-workouts forever. I like the reminder that it's a slow, gradual, steady process, and that I can't expect to change overnight. Thank you, Coach Dean! - 7/14/2009 5:09:28 PM
    Boy you have me pegged! I have fallen away from what I started with here...myself defeat AGAIN! I needed this article and will search for more...I need to get my spark petered out here this last few months. Thanks, Em - 7/14/2009 4:23:11 PM
  • One of the things that attracted me to SparkPeople was its overall body positiveness. But I'm very disappointed at the derogatory use of the word 'fat' that has been used several times in recent memory by some of the coaches. 'Fat' is a word that we each have to find our own relationship with, and it's not a self-defeating insult to all of us -- for some, it's an important part of loving our bodies and ourselves no matter what. A derogatory use of 'fat' can easily contribute a body-negative and pro-self-hatred environment. I'm disappointed that SparkPeople is making this change. - 7/14/2009 3:35:03 PM
    I'm turning my fatitude into a slimitude! Great article! - 7/14/2009 3:30:46 PM
  • Wow, great article.... I see myself in every point at some time in my journey. - 7/14/2009 1:42:30 PM
  • I liked... You are an “experiment of one” when it comes to figuring out what will work for you, and you’re the one running the experiment... To me it means that although we are the same ( human) we are each unique and have control over the actions that we take...I'm enjoying trying to figure out what works for me.
    - 7/14/2009 1:31:15 PM
  • KIMMERS1962
    I loved this article! I was beating myself up (pretty badly) in regards to gaining 2 pounds while my husband was on vacation. Today was my weigh in day and I lost 4 pounds!

    I am printing out this article so I will have it to help me remember to quit beating myself up. Take the good, bad, ugly and beautiful and learn from them. Move forward one day at a time. Thank you! - 7/14/2009 1:24:49 PM
  • As I read this article, I thought about myself and ask I had to ask myself what has changed this time vs all those other weight loss times. What has changed is my attitude. I have good days, GREAT DAYS and bad days. I have learned to just start with where I am at after a bad day and continue to move forward. I no longer beat myself up over a mis-step. I don't berrate myself for eating something I should not have.

    I take responsiblity for my decisions of what I put in my mouth. It's amazing the freedom a person has when they take ownership of their own weightloss journey.

    Thanks for the article!!!! - 7/14/2009 1:12:21 PM
  • What an awesome article!!! Extremely helpful!!
    Thanks, Coach Dean.

    God Bless!!
    Diana - 7/14/2009 1:00:47 PM
    Hi Coach Dean,
    It's good to see you posting new articles, as always you provide information that is reflective and uplifting. Thanks for reminding me that I may not have all of these fatitude's, but some come in to play.

    Thanks again,
    Christie - 7/14/2009 12:49:48 PM
  • Absolutely right on as usual, Coach Dean! Thank you! - 7/14/2009 12:24:05 PM
  • oh my goodness do I see myself in some of your comments! thanx for the pep talk! - 7/14/2009 10:46:10 AM
  • This was a great article. I can already think of many people who need to read it, since the 'all or nothing' reasoning, and the 'they made me eat that' reasoning are very common. I like the nonjudgmental way you were able to explain things. It will probably work better than "What did they do to "make" you eat that baklava, put a gun to your head?". - 7/14/2009 9:58:24 AM
    Reading this article was perfect timing for me this morning. It helps to put what I have to do each day in perspective and makes me realize how much I've pushed "me" time aside for way too long. My favorite portion of the article is this. "The more you view your own behavior or decisions as being dictated by other people or circumstances, the more you give up the power to make your own decisions. The longer you wait for other people to change their ways to make things easier for you, the longer it will take you to reach your goals." So true. Thank you and I look forward to future articles. - 7/14/2009 9:21:10 AM

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